The Committee discussed with the II reading the bill on Criminal Code introduced by the Chair of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee, Sofo Kiladze, envisaging the protection of the children from prostitution, pornography, and sexual crimes. The bill provides penalties and sanctions for certain crimes.
“Unfortunately, we encounter the increased cases of the sexual crimes against the children committed by the family members, relatives and friends and the legislation shall be much stricter for these crimes”, - the reporter noted.
The bill prohibits the application of the conditional convictions for the crimes committed against the minors such are: engagement in prostitution, facilitation of prostitution, illicit production or sale of the pornographic footage and items, engagement of the minors in the illicit production or sale of the pornographic footage, meeting the adults under 16 for a sexual purpose. The bill annuls the statute of limitation of exemption from the criminal responsibility in case of the sexual crime against the children.
The Committee, considering the reservations, approved the bill and heard the report by the LEPL Legal Aid Service for 2019, introduced by the LAS Director, Razhden Kuprashvili.
The LAS, due to the pandemic, has applied the remote operation and for 3 months participated in 2477 proceedings in a distant manner. The LAS priorities are outlined as improvement of the quality of aid, improvement of accessibility and public awareness. According to the report, the LAS received 18 044 cases in 2019, 13967 of which were the criminal cases, 3134 – civil cases, and 943 – administrative cases. The number of consultations rendered by the LAS achieved 35 834.
“The Service is quite successful and according to the statistic data, we have successfully accomplished 2678 cases in 2019”, - the reporter noted.
He dwelt on the reforms, challenges, cooperation with the international partners, emigration-related projects etc. for 2019 and answered the questions. In his final remarks, he thanked the Chair and the members of the Committee for their engagement and cooperation: “By such close and partnership cooperation we will further improve the quality of our activity”, - he noted.
According to the Chair, Anri Okhanashvili, the role of the LAS is important as evidenced by the statistic data: “I congratulate Mr. Kuprashvili with successful activity and the facts evidence the significant increase of the number of the cases by the Service. For the first time in 2019, the number of the cases exceeded 18 000 and the legal aid rendered by the Service officers resulted in the increased number of the acquitting decisions”, - he noted.
The Committee gave a positive assessment of the activity of the LAS.
Deriving from the challenges, the Committee will issue the respective recommendations to the Service.